Studying can work up a serious appetite and it can be exhausting. That is why it is so important to make sure you are fueling your body with the right kind of snacks. These snacks should be energy boosting and filling, so that you can keep your focus. Here are the foods (some are delicious food combos!) I have found that always help me get through a long day or night of hitting the books!
- Banana and peanut butter: Bananas are full of energy-enforcing carbohydrates and peanut butter has enough protein to keep you feeling full.
- Hummus and mix veggies: Similarly to peanut butter, hummus delivers a powerful protein punch. The veggies are a great source of fiber, which helps keep your appetite satisfied.
- Roasted Chickpeas: This one might sound a little crazy, but trust me they are delicious and easy to make. Just pour your desired amount of chickpeas into a bowl, mix them with some olive oil and your favorite seasonings (ex. ground cinnamon and a little honey if you have a sweet tooth or pepper and garlic powder if you want a more savory taste). Then spread out the chickpeas on a baking sheet with aluminum foil, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and let them roast for 45-60 minutes. These beans have both fiber and protein so it’s the perfect study snack!
The rule of thumb I always go by in selecting a snack is whether or not it has low sugar, high protein, and high fiber. If it meets all three criteria then I know it is a smart, healthy choice. Choosing these types of foods ensures that you will not be hungry frequently and you will be able to maintain a high level of energy. Happy studying!
Contributor: Cailin Walsh